Thrivikramji.com | Almost 53.4 per cent of India’s land area comprises arid and semi-arid regions. In these regions,cultivation is restricted to more productive but limited land, while a large animal population depends on native vegetation. The rains are erratic and often come in a few heavy storms of short duration resulting in high run-off, instead of replenishing the ground water. Protective vegetation cover is sparse and there is very little moisture for the most parts of the year. Climate change is further aggravating the existing problems. It is estimated that the arid and semi-arid regions are set to suffer further from water shortages. According to research studies climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry etc., are highly vulnerable to climate change. Communities in the region are particularly vulnerable to climate change not only because of their dependence on climate sensitive sectors but also due to limited capacities to anticipate and effectively respond to climate change. Climate change will have both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts would include decreased agricultural production, water shortage, loss of biodiversity etc. threatening livelihood security, food security, water security and social security of communities. Various policy measures have been taken up by the National, State and local Governments to deal with the emerging issue of climate change. Systems still need to be put in place for effective policy implementation. Present paper attempts to highlight key issues and challenges relating climate change in arid and semi arid regions. (Source: SEMI-ARID AND ARID ECOSYSTEMS Climate Change: Key Issues and Challenges) The big question now is are you doing anything to mitigate the trouble or how to adapt in the new CC state.
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Almost 53.4 per cent of India’s land area comprises arid and semi-arid regions. In these regions,cultivation is restricted to more productive but limited land, while a large animal population depends on native vegetation. The rains are erratic and often come in a few heavy storms of short duration resulting in high run-off, instead of replenishing the ground water. Protective vegetation cover is sparse and there is very little moisture for the most parts of the year. Climate change is further aggravating the existing problems. It is estimated that the arid and semi-arid regions are set to suffer further from water shortages. According to research studies climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry etc., are highly vulnerable to climate change. Communities in the region are particularly vulnerable to climate change not only because of their dependence on climate sensitive sectors but also due to limited capacities to anticipate and effectively respond to climate change. Climate change will have both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts would include decreased agricultural production, water shortage, loss of biodiversity etc. threatening livelihood security, food security, water security and social security of communities. Various policy measures have been taken up by the National, State and local Governments to deal with the emerging issue of climate change. Systems still need to be put in place for effective policy implementation. Present paper attempts to highlight key issues and challenges relating climate change in arid and semi arid regions. (Source: SEMI-ARID AND ARID ECOSYSTEMS Climate Change: Key Issues and Challenges) The big question now is are you doing anything to mitigate the trouble or how to adapt in the new CC state.

Almost 53.4 per cent of India’s land area comprises arid and semi-arid regions. In these regions,cultivation is restricted to more productive but limited land, while a large animal population depends on native vegetation. The rains are erratic and often come in a few heavy storms of short duration resulting in high run-off, instead of replenishing the ground water. Protective vegetation cover is sparse and there is very little moisture for the most parts of the year. Climate change is further aggravating the existing problems. It is estimated that the arid and semi-arid regions are set to suffer further from water shortages. According to research studies climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry etc., are highly vulnerable to climate change. Communities in the region are particularly vulnerable to climate change not only because of their dependence on climate sensitive sectors but also due to limited capacities to anticipate and effectively respond to climate change. Climate change will have both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts would include decreased agricultural production, water shortage, loss of biodiversity etc. threatening livelihood security, food security, water security and social security of communities. Various policy measures have been taken up by the National, State and local Governments to deal with the emerging issue of climate change. Systems still need to be put in place for effective policy implementation. Present paper attempts to highlight key issues and challenges relating climate change in arid and semi arid regions. (Source: SEMI-ARID AND ARID ECOSYSTEMS Climate Change: Key Issues and Challenges) The big question now is are you doing anything to mitigate the trouble or how to adapt in the new CC state.

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